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Chapter 3

Preparing the health workforce

The previous chapter provided an overview of the enormous challenges facing the health workforce. Chapter 3 and the following two chapters deal with many of these challenges, using the framework of strategies to train, sustain and retain the workforce. This chapter is about preparation: getting it right at the beginning; giving the right training to the right people to create an effective workforce for the delivery of health care. It focuses on the entry of health workers into the workforce and on the health training institutions – schools, universities and training colleges – which provide them with the knowledge and competencies for the jobs they will be required to do.

In this chapter

  • Workforce entry: the right mix
  • Training: the right institutions to produce the right workers
  • Rethinking recruitment: gateway to the workforce
  • Conclusion